NCAA women's golf championships halted, cut to 54 holes

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NCAA women's golf championships halted, cut to 54 holes

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NCAA women's golf championships halted, cut to 54 holes

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Day 2 of the 2019 NCAA Div. I women’s golf championships was finally called at 5:38 p.m. local time due to severe weather at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

In a statement released two hours later, the NCAA determined that the championship is being cut from 72 to 54 holes.

The second round will resume at 10 a.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) on Sunday, with the morning wave of golfers picking up where they left off and the afternoon wave going off the 1st and the 10th tees.

Furthermore, the NCAA has announced:

All 24 teams and 12 individuals in the tournament will compete again on Monday, with the pairings for that round being determined by their 36-hole score. … the stroke play portion of the championship will culminate with the individual medalist being determined following the 54 holes. The field will then be cut to the top eight teams which advance to the match play quarterfinals on Tuesday.

“With the severe weather threats that we monitored throughout Saturday afternoon, our committee came to the determination that, given the conditions, shortening the tournament to three rounds of stroke play heading into match play was needed to maintain the overall student-athlete experience and the integrity of the championships,” said NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee chair Ryan Colton in a statement. “We’re looking forward to the next two days of stroke play, where we have the opportunity to crown the individual champion, as well as determine the eight teams advancing to match play, which will begin Tuesday morning.”

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Tournament officials originally declared a “non-immediate suspension of play” and golfers were allowed to finish the hole they were on.

Only 12 of the 24 teams started their second rounds. Only 18 golfers played all 18 holes on Saturday.

“I was happy to see that we were able to get play in this morning,” said Dan Brooks, the head coach at Duke. The Blue Devils were 11-under when play was halted and currently lead at 2-over, seven shots ahead of USC. “We weren’t sure what the weather was going to look like this afternoon but I told the girls that we would likely come off the course at least once, and we came close to that not happening. We’ll just have to see moving forward.”

The Blessings course, which proved difficult in Friday’s first round, played a bit different on Saturday.

“The wind was still there today but I think the morning dew helped the golfballs sit a little better on the green,” Duke’s Gina Kim said. “There was a small shower in the morning that softened the greens as well, so I was able to be a little more aggressive and land the ball in the spots I wanted to. That really helped us shoot low today.”

The original format called for the field of 24 teams to be cut to 15 after 54 holes and then cut again to the top eight teams after 72 holes, after which the individual champion will be crowned.

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